Sunday, May 12, 2013

The Dancing Bear Coffee Company

(NOTE: Dancing Bear Coffee Company has closed as of 3/31/14)

The Dancing Bear Coffee Company is located at the Cartlandia food pod in Portland, Oregon. Owners Sue and Larry opened this cart in March 2013.

Portland needs more smoothie and juice carts. The Sip cart on NE Alberta and Moberi (currently at Rose City Food Park) have received rave reviews in the community, myself included.

Of course, Dancing Bear also serves coffee and espresso drinks, plus a limited selection of baked goods. Even on a chilly spring day last month, I wanted to try one of their smoothies.

Full menu
(April 2013)
The usual sizes for all drinks are 12 oz. and 16 oz., but you can also ask for an 8 oz. cup (50 cents deducted from the 12 oz. price) or a 20 oz. cup (50 cents added to the 16 oz. price).

Boosts and Substitutes on the Smoothies/Juices section
Boosts and other choices on the Coffee/Tea/Espresso section
The 12 oz. "Choco Bear" smoothie ($4.50) features almond milk, banana, peanut butter, cacao, vanilla, and agave  It's been one of their most popular smoothie selections for obvious reasons. The nuttiness of the almond milk and peanut butter comes through, while the agave and banana add some sweet thickness. I really enjoyed it.

12 oz. "Choco Bear" Smoothie
(The Dancing Bear Coffee Company)
I inquired about other popular smoothies. Sue and Larry mentioned the "Orange Bear" smoothie ($4 for 12 oz.; $5.25 for 16 oz.), which has almond milk, banana, orange juice, vanilla, lemon, and agave. Initially, orange juice and almond milk together sounded pretty bizarre, but I'd still give it a try in the future.

Other smoothies get fruity -- and tropical -- in nature. There's a "Coconut Bear" smoothie which contains coconut milk; a "Green Bear" smoothie with lettuce and kale; and a "Tropical Bear" smoothie with coconut milk, bananas, mangoes, pineapple, and papaya.

Some places may add a bunch of ice to the smoothie, but Sue and Larry freeze certain items (i.e., bananas) at Dancing Bear to allow the natural flavors to pop more.

Two very friendly people here. I'd love to return and try some other smoothies, juices, and espresso drinks. 7.5/10

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